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Sent: December 1, 2014

Telephone/Text: 256-677-5518
P.O. Box 1095 Dawsonville GA 30534-0022
All Donations Are Tax Deductible


“In order to really enjoy a dog, one doesn't merely try to train him to be semi human. The point of it is to open oneself to the possibility of becoming partly a dog”. ~Edward Hoagland

“'It's a friend of mine - a Cheshire Cat', said Alice: 'Allow me to introduce it.' 'I don't like the look of it at all, said the King: 'however, it may kiss my hand if it likes.' 'I'd rather not.' the Cat remarked." - Cheshire Cat quote by Alice in Wonderland

Dear Friends,

The Holiday Season is always a time for reflection. The daily demands of staying abreast of all the many duties involved in running a shelter don’t allow much thinking time. But, even in a brief moment, I’m very thankful for the team you and I have become over these 20 years. I hope that each of you takes great joy and satisfaction from knowing that your support means the difference between life and death; between loving care and a marginal (or worse) existence; between more of the indifference to the needs of others that we often see and a positive, loving contribution to humane care for those unable to care for themselves.

For those of you who itemize deductions, this Holiday Season marks the end of the 2014 tax year. So you may wish to make a tax deductible donation before year end. We admit to a bit of bias but think that the animals will get more benefit from your dollars than the IRS.

Now I would like to introduce to you four new members of our shelter family: First is Trinidad, a beautiful black and white male dog. I first saw him looking through a window at me when I carried a worker home. I asked her about him and was told he was owned by a drug dealer who frequently beat him with a cane. This upset me greatly. Why wasn't anyone getting this dog some help? The answer shocked me. Everyone was afraid of the drug dealer.

I called my grandson, who is a policeman in that town, and told him of the plight of the dog. He told me to be there at the apartment the next night at 6:00. I was waiting at exactly that time when two police cars came roaring into the lot. One of them parked directly behind me and told me not to try to move. Frankly, I was a little scared. The police went from one apartment to another and then came over to me and asked where the drug dealer was. I pointed him out to them. He was the one trying to control the dog. The man started yelling at the policemen and threatening them. That was enough to get him arrested.

When he wanted to put the dog back in his apartment, the police asked who was going to care for the dog. He said "no one." The police said someone had to care for him or they would call the pound to get him. This made the man angry, and he just turned him loose. The dog ran away and the police carried the man to the station. I was still sitting in my car when my grandson pulls up. I ask him if this was his doing and he said "No, we got a call about a fight and I wasn't sent to it." When I told him what happened, he helped me find the dog and get him into my car. So now, he lives here with me.

The police allowed me to go into the apartment the next day and see how the dog was living. It was horrible, drugs and needles everywhere and absolutely filthy. My grandson got the man to sign the dog over to me after being told he was going away for a while.

Second and third are two pit bulls found by my nephew abandoned on a dirt road. He kept them for a month, trying to find their owners. He couldn't have pets where he lived, so he brought them to me. They are the sweetest, friendliest dogs ever. Their tails and ears have not been docked. They love attention and demand their share. We take walks twice every day and I am getting very attached to them. They will both go to wonderful homes next week.

The fourth is a beautiful white cat with a few dark spots. He had been turned in to the pound. On the day he was to be euthanized, a lady took him from there, carried him to vet to be neutered then asked me to house him until she could find another home for him. I agreed. After the third day, I knew he was there to stay. He has been declawed on the front and it will take a special home to get him away from me.

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Presents That Would be Most Appreciated by the Dogs and Cats this Holiday Season

• Dog Food/Canned & Dry
Cat Food/Canned & Dry
Largest Bags/Packages are Best

• Cat Litter
Stainless steel Water/Food Bowls

• Animal Medicine

Litter boxes – Large

• Heavy Duty Trash bags

Paper Plates

• Paper Towels

Scrub Brushes and Buckets

• Detergent Bleach

• Cleaning Solutions/Dish & Building

Chew Toys

• Leashes

Spay/Neuter Sponsorships
• Washable blankets/sheets/towels

Mops, Brooms, Shovels, Water Hoses

• Plywood (Lowes Gift Cards VERY Helpful)


These items should be sent to the shelter address – 138 Ham Road, Albertville AL 35951. Gift cards or checks designated to purchase any of the above items should be sent to the Post Office address above.

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Since our last report, we have received 116 stamps from Joanne Daube, Lois Holbrook and Jamie Reagin. We definitely welcome your gift of Forever stamps. It is wonderful to not have to worry about postage for our newsletters and other mailings.

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From Dr. Victoria Johnson “in memory of DUKE.”

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Please be assured that our thanks are not limited to the specific names below. We appreciate so very much all the love and support sent by every single one of you. If your name is not included and you would like it to be, please let us know.

To Vicky Murphy for continuing your monthly on-line support through PayPal. We so appreciate being able to count on your support each month.

To Carol Clenney for adding to your already generous support so that our computer modem could be replaced.

To the Mauldin Family (Mike, Carole, Mitch, Gosi, Beau and Miles) for your support and blessings.

To Mary Jane Johnson for your very generous and consistent on-line support—for both the animals and me.

To Irv & Gail Laddin for adding to your much appreciated monthly support in November.

To Joan MacDonald for sending very generous support to be used “wherever it will do the most good” – and for your blessings.

To Walter Gordy for supporting us all year and for your much appreciated words describing us as “such a worthwhile and dedicated service.”

To Mildred Ferrell for sending support to be used for food purchase.

To Elizabeth Mitchell for your donation “in honor of my brother’s (unnumbered) birthday, Ben Mitchell; he’d rather you have it to help take care of the babies. Thank you for all you do.”

To Marliese and Fritz Kalk for the adorable doggy card and your blessings.

To Avis Buchanan and Gloria Overbey for your support to help with our vet bills.

To Gregory Brack for your very generous on-line support.

To Renee Merback For your support dedicated to helping us with our food purchases and heating bills
To Jamie Reagin for sending food to the shelter.

To Misty Saldi and Son for sending PetSmart and Home Depot gift cards/certificates. We are touched that he wanted to share his birthday gifts with us—you are raising a fine, generous boy.

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